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Writing classes for the novice to the professional including copy editing.
 
OOPS!! You've noticed the numerous misspellings, typos (including the one to the left), and errors in punctuation and grammar in newspapers, books, magazines, advertisements, resumes, legal documents, business correspondence, and online media. You also know that spell-checking programs don't catch all the errors. If you have a passion for correctness and are an astute and careful reader, consider a career as a proofreader. In this entertaining and informative two-session class, you will be introduced to professional proofreading marks, become familiar with resources that proofreaders use, test your skills on a challenging exercise, and learn about opportunities for employment or a freelance career as a proofreader. A $3 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/18/2017, ending 4/25/2017

Tuition: $69.00

Materials Cost: $3.00

Location : New Vista High School Location : 
  New Vista High School.

Room :  320

Instructor : Alice Levine 

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A blog is simply a short and informative article of about 350 words.  Blogs can be an enjoyable hobby and also a way to earn additional income.  Whether you're interested in blogging for your own enjoyment or for employment opportunities, you'll find blogs are an essential part of today's business world. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn the essential components for creating an optimized blog with rich, engaging, informative content, images and video.  We'll also discuss social media platforms and how to promote your blog.  We'll cover how to connect with other bloggers and the importance of guest blogging.  Be sure to bring a few ideas you'd like to blog about to class; no writing experience necessary.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 5/13/2017, ending 5/13/2017

Tuition: $65.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C230

Instructor : Jules Marie 



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 A brave-new-world of electronic publishing is out there!  What is necessary to set up your manuscript for different eBook platforms?  Become aware of the common pitfalls writers face, especially when formatting for Apple.  Learn what it takes to structure your work or how to subcontract to format editors.  Understand how much money you can make and what you need to do to publicize your eBook via websites and social media.  A materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/13/2017, ending 4/13/2017

Tuition: $49.00

Materials Cost: $5.00

Location : Platt Middle Location : 
  Platt Middle.

Room :  108

Instructor : Salvatore Trento 

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 A brave-new-world of electronic publishing is out there!  What is necessary to set up your manuscript for different eBook platforms?  Become aware of the common pitfalls writers face, especially when formatting for Apple.  Learn what it takes to structure your work or how to subcontract to format editors.  Understand how much money you can make and what you need to do to publicize your eBook via websites and social media.  A materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/18/2017, ending 5/18/2017

Tuition: $49.00

Materials Cost: $5.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  215

Instructor : Salvatore Trento 

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Do you love telling others about your favorite recipe, meal or restaurant? Why not turn this passion into a blog, book or photo essay that you can share with the world and possibly make some money in the process? Learn how to write restaurant and chef profiles, receive comped meals, services and products, and use your smartphone for spectacular food photography. An optional materials fee of $25 is payable to instructor for two travel booklets.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 5/11/2017, ending 5/11/2017

Tuition: $69.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C230

Instructor : Ron Stern 

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Maybe you’ve taken a memoir writing class before and maybe you haven’t. Regardless, there's no experience necessary to come for MORE! This workshop starts with memory-trigger writing and then moves into how to tell your story through dialogue, imagery, characters and themes. The encouraging atmosphere of creative expression, exercises and guidance brings out the best in everyone's writing.  Most importantly, everyone has fun discovering how easy the process is.  Bring a writing utensil and paper or computer to class. A $5 materials fee for a step by step direction booklet is payable to instructor at class.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 5/13/2017, ending 5/20/2017

Tuition: $135.00

Materials Cost: $5.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  220

Instructor : Elizabeth Gold 



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Brainstorming, planning, outline, or just write?  These are all useful methods to get your story on the page with characters that connect with the reader and leave them wanting more. This class will explore these methods as well as give you time to write in an environment that will inspire the story.  Spend time with other writers - experienced and novice - develop your story or get help with a work in progress so you can keep writing after the class has finished.  No experience needed....only the desire to write!  Bring a journal and writing instrument to class.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 5/4/2017, ending 5/25/2017

Tuition: $115.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Platt Middle Location : 
  Platt Middle.

Room :  108

Instructor : Elaine Riley 



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Even fairly knowledgeable editors, proofreaders, and writers can lose their composure when faced with that most confounding of punctuation marks: the comma. If you are confused or unclear about where and when to insert a comma or delete one, join us as we demystify the most talked-about punctuation mark. Enlightening lessons, dozens of memorable examples, sharp pencils, and challenging exercises await you. A $3 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. 

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/27/2017, ending 4/27/2017

Tuition: $45.00

Materials Cost: $3.00

Location : New Vista High School Location : 
  New Vista High School.

Room :  320

Instructor : Alice Levine 

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Create a visual journal that becomes a work of art and life story. Mix fast writing techniques and collage through paints, stamps, stencils, found objects, watercolor and various mediums to create a journal of your life; thoughts, celebrations, challenges and more.  In this class, you'll learn techniques to use writing and art to document events and day-to-day living.  Starting with a blank journal, you'll create your record of days, dreams, thoughts, observations or whatever your mind explores. No rules, no judgments...just fun!  No artistic experience necessary to create a piece of work that is unique and beautiful. Bring a journal and writing instrument to class.  A materials fee of $10 is payable to instructor at first class. Contact instructor prior to class for a more detailed personal materials list.

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 4/2/2017, ending 4/30/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/16/2017)

Tuition: $125.00

Materials Cost: $10.00

Location : Platt Middle Location : 
  Platt Middle.

Room :  108

Instructor : Elaine Riley 

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Discover how you can draw on your childhood memories, as well as your experience as parents/teachers, to develop ideas for publishable children's books. Learn about the different forms and genres of children's books -picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle-grade novels, young adult novels -to determine which is best for your idea and your audience. We will brainstorm ideas and acquire techniques for plotting, character development, effective use of point of view, and the all-important process of revision. You will also have opportunities to have your work-in-progress critiqued by the instructor and the class. Please bring paper and writing utensil to class.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 4/25/2017, ending 5/16/2017

Tuition: $159.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : New Vista High School Location : 
  New Vista High School.

Room :  318

Instructor : Claudia Mills 



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Tap into your memories and bring them to life with easy-to-understand writing tips and stimulating exercises. You will learn how to turn your experiences into stories that sparkle, and will leave class with the tools to continue turning your past into a great present-day read. The fun and ease of this writing style will give you great joy as you continue writing your memoir. A $5 materials fee for a step by step direction booklet is payable to instructor at class.  Bring a laptop or writing utensil and paper.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/22/2017, ending 4/29/2017

Tuition: $135.00

Materials Cost: $5.00

Location : Casey Middle Location : 
  Casey Middle.

Room :  C215

Instructor : Elizabeth Gold 

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It's human to feel stress, shame, anger, grief and other strenuous emotions and qualities.  This workshop invites you to confront and befriend them, to empower yourself and even have fun!  In a shelter of acceptance and safety, we'll use Journal to the Self® techniques developed by Kathleen Adams, Founder of The Center for Journal Therapy.  Creativity will be our power.  This 5-step journaling process will leave you with a new perspective on dark emotions and give you fast, fresh tools to have at your fingertips for future self-care.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/5/2017, ending 4/5/2017

Tuition: $45.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : Platt Middle Location : 
  Platt Middle.

Room :  library

Instructor : Carolyn Jennings 



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